If you have been DJing for any length of time, chances are high that at some point things got a little… boring? All creative passions have a natural ebb and flow to their appeal and even DJing can get a little old. For me, DJing has become stale several times in the last 18 years and today I want to share a few tips on how anyone can get through those rough patches and find inspiration again.
Tomorrow afternoon I will set out with Richie Hawtin and a talented cast of electronic music experts on the second edition of CNTRL. Each day the group will speak at universities across the nation in a quest to inspire new and old producers to believe that they too, can find their own unique voice in music. Today, I sat down with Richie to talk about CNTRL and learned some interesting things along the way.
Richie Hawtin proudly presents for 2015 CNTRL: Individuality & Creativity In Technology-Based Music, a college campus tour. Beginning April 15 in Boston, MA at Berklee College of Music, this innovative and immersive experience will touch down at colleges and hot spots in eight major college markets across North America before finishing up in Los Angeles April 2 at UCLA and The Palladium. Dj TechTools fans in those markets should get quite a treat with free daytime lectures and masterclasses.
Rotary house mixers are a fabled tool from music's past beloved by house DJs around the globe. Along with vinyl, their popularity seemed to wain in recent years but the response to Rane's new MP2015 mixer suggests that perhaps people are ready for a throwback with some modern tools. This digital power-house packs a mean punch but comes with a hefty price tag - is it worth it?
One of the most powerful features of Traktor is it’s midi mapping capabilities. Midi mapping allows DJs to create custom mappings that are unique to their workflow or performance and it is what has made things like the Instant Gratification mapping possible with Traktor. It can be intimidating to create a mapping so today Ean Golden is going to walk through the basics of midi mapping.
Today we bring you the third entry in our Artist Gear Setup series featuring techno duo WHYT NOYZ. Formed in late 2010 WHYT NOYZ consists of David Sidley and Duncan Murray. Their unique sound has led to track releases on Richie Hawtin's Minus label and an E.P. for Dubfires SCI+TEC label. The duo mainly uses Native Instruments gear controlling Traktor, Ableton, and Maschine for live performance and they also stress the important of protecting your ears in club environments! Keep reading for more details.
Depending on the venue or type of event there may be a point in the night when the DJ needs to make an announcement (or several) such as last call or birthday shoutouts. What if they forgot to bring a mic or a mic isn’t available at the club? There’s a very simple solution, use headphones as a microphone.
One of the challenges for Traktor and Serato DJs playing in a multi DJ lineup is seamlessly transitioning between laptops with only one soundcard or mixer. This isn’t an issue for DJs that use CDJs or Rekordbox since the other DJ can throw in a CD or their USB stick. Luckily Ean Golden has a simple trick that makes switching between DJs on 1 soundcard super easy using the Roll effect commonly found on club mixers like the Pioneer DJM 900.